The skills required for many occupations are best learnt by combining learning through work. This is the heart of an apprenticeship; it is the intertwined learning and working relationship that makes apprenticeships unique. Apprenticeships, particularly in high skilled trades, are of crucial and continuing importance to the UK economy.
To become a fully qualified light vehicle mechanic you need to complete the Level 3 apprenticeship that usually takes three years. If you want to work on your skills and knowledge before starting an apprenticeship, we can offer you a one year full-time course first to build your confidence to enter the workplace.
This new standard apprenticeship offers you a specialist route to train and qualify for a specific career as a light vehicle mechanical engineer. You will be at college one day a week for three years, while working, earning and learning.
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You would like to qualify for a specific career as a light vehicle mechanical engineer.
Four GCSEs including English and maths at grade 4 or above are usually standard requirements, the employer may also have some specific requirements depending upon the type of business.
If you are interested in this apprenticeship and do not have the required GCSEs or an employer, speak to one of our Cornwall College Business Liaison Officers on 0800 731 7594.
The apprenticeship will enable you to understand:
- The fundamentals of vehicle technologies e.g. vehicle systems such as chassis, engine, transmission, electrical, air conditioning and high voltage vehicles.
- The types, and associated characteristics, of light vehicles e.g. front- or rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive.
- How to service and repair a vehicle without supervision and remove or repair components in line with manufacturers’ standards.
- Diagnostic principles and logical problem-solving techniques.
- Emerging automotive technologies and the impact they will have on the knowledge and skills technicians will require in the future.
Throughout the course we will help you hone your practical workshop skills, looking at tools, fabrication, the latest diagnostic techniques and repairs.
You will also learn about business processes, record keeping, customer liaison and environmental practices in line with the latest health and safety legislation.
Your work will be assessed throughout the course to ensure you are learning the correct theory and techniques to be successful in the workplace. All new standard apprenticeships also require some form of end point assessment, usually via several skills tests and written or questionnaire-based on-line testing.
Earning while you learn. 58% of auto companies recruit apprentices straight from school.
Full-time work with your current employer as a fully qualified technician.
Working full-time for another organisation as a mechanic, usually with an average salary of £30K.
University study such as our FdSc Engineering.
Careers in this industry
- Light vehicle service technician
- Diagnostic technician
- Workshop controller
- Customer service advisor
- MOT vehicle examiner
- Motorsport technician
- Smart repairer
- Recovery driver
58% of auto companies recruit apprentices straight from school."
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.